https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/253811/eight_col_000_8ZF8LK_%281%29.jpg?1611519622 Dutch police used water cannon, dogs and mounted police to disperse a protest in central Amsterdam on Sunday against coronavirus lockdown restrictions and detained more than 100 people for throwing stones and fireworks. Demonstrators sprayed by police water cannon at Amsterdam’s Museumplein at the protest. Photo: AFP The demonstration in the city’s Museum Square, which violated a ban on public gatherings, came the day after the government introduced a nightly curfew for the first time since World War II. Protesters, organised in part by restaurant owners fed up with the country’s long-lasting lockdown measures, carried a banner saying ‘Stop The Lockdown’. Fearing a riot or a disease-spreading event, Mayor Femke Halsema had designated the square as a “high-risk zone” and gave police the power to pre-emptively frisk people for weapons. Police cleared the square after people ignored instructions to leave and detained those who attacked them with stones and ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/jd.jpg Source:Island The Sri Lankan cricket team is playing a brand of cricket that is alien to us and their reasoning is inexplicable. When you do not respect the basic principles of the great game, you are taught bitter lessons. Sri Lanka got a fair share of it yesterday here in Galle. The extended run that Lahiru Thirimanne has got defies logic and the only explanation for him constantly featuring in the team is too obvious. After 37 Tests he averages 22 and at the age of 31, neither are we investing for future nor getting match winning contributions from him. The manner in which Thirimanne gets out puts a question mark on his temperament. Kusal Mendis’ of course is a different scenario altogether. He has won more Test matches at the age  of  25 than most other Sri Lankans have done. But surely, there’s a technical glitch in his ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/104194/eight_col_Prof_Michael_Baker_-_HighRes-2.jpg?1592696874 Infectious disease expert Michael Baker says it is unlikely the woman at the centre of a Covid community case scare in Northland caught the virus while she was in Europe. University of Otago epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker Photo: University of Otago, Wellington / Luke Pilkinton-Ching​ She travelled first to Spain, and then onto the Netherlands, where she stayed with family, before flying home from London. A couple of her relatives have tested positive for the virus since she left. However, she stayed overnight at an airport hotel in London before her flight out of the UK, and arrived in Auckland on 30 December. It means the last possible contact she had with her relatives would have been on 28 December. She started showing symptoms on 15 January, nearly three weeks later. Even if she caught it on the flight over from the UK, that would still mean the virus ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/108424/eight_col_120330576_l.jpg?1598854182 An international internet safety company says it’s been attacked, potentially putting New Zealand customers at risk. CERT says the products are typically used by small-to-medium-sized businesses. Photo: 123RF SonicWall is an American-based firm selling products to keep organisations safe from cyber threats. The company recently found a cyber attack was affecting some products that businesses use to get offsite access to work systems. New Zealand’s computer emergency response team, or CERT, sent out an advisory yesterday urging organisations using businesses to take measures to prevent the attacks. In a statement, CERT’s principal advisor on threats and vulnerabilities, Michael Shearer, said the best course of action was for businesses using SonicWall to contact their IT team or provider. It said the products were typically used by small-to-medium-sized businesses. Last night Shearer said CERT was not aware of New Zealand organisations that were impacted. “But [CERT] has released an advisory as a ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/61689/eight_col_warehouse.jpg?1532311880 Northland businesses are holding their breath to see a community outbreak of Covid results from a woman who has tested positive for the virus travelling widely in the region. The Warehouse in Whangārei was one of 30 locations listed as places of interest. Photo: Supplied The Northland Chamber of Commerce predicted hundreds of staff won’t come into work today after the 56-year-old woman visited about 30 locations across lower Northland and north Auckland. The news that the positive case visited the South Head General Store on the south Kaipara Peninsula has owner Aaron Watson reeling. He said he only opened the business late last month and he was gutted about what has happened. “Absolutely devastated, we don’t know what to do, we’re shattered, absolutely shattered. “We’ll just have to try and get through this.” He said he has not been contacted by health officials, and only found out after ...

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[og_img] Charles Stanley Braine (1874-1944) –  the Rajah of Mawatte By George Braine   The e-mail, with the question “Are you a Ceylon Braine?”, arrived out of the blue when I lived in Hong Kong. The writer – I’ll call her Susan – had found me on the Internet. She went onto detail some family history, and claimed that, because she and I shared great, great grandparents, we were third cousins. Family history had been an interest since she was 10 years old. She had inherited a collection of family documents and a photo album, and also found family documents from research in the UK. She mentioned that both my great, great grandfather and great grandfather had been planters in Ceylon. This came as a huge surprise. Not having delved into family history, I was under the impression that my grandfather was the first Braine to arrive in Ceylon. Instead, ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/243115/eight_col_000_8Q44M8.jpg?1600562471 The Ministry of Health says a probable case of Covid-19 in the community is a reminder of how tricky the virus is, as it releases a list of 29 locations the woman visited. Photo: AFP The latest probable case is a 56-year-old woman who was released from isolation at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland after testing negative twice during her stay. After leaving isolation on 13 January she returned to her home in Northland, where she lives with her husband. The pair then travelled around Northland, visiting Dargaville, Mangawhai, Whangārei and Helensville in Auckland. She is understood to have four close contacts, including her husband and people she came in contact within a retail setting. Businesses and premises she visited have been published on the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) website. She visited 30 places in Northland, including Ruakaka, Whangārei, Mangawhai Heads, Maungaturoto and Parua Bay, and Helensville in Auckland ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/243115/eight_col_000_8Q44M8.jpg?1600562471 The Ministry of Health says a probable case of Covid-19 in the community is a reminder of how tricky the virus is, as it releases a list of 30 locations the woman visited. Photo: AFP The latest probable case is a 56-year-old woman who was released from isolation at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland after testing negative twice during her stay. After leaving isolation on 13 January she returned to her home in Northland, where she lives with her husband. The pair then travelled around Northland, visiting Dargaville, Mangawhai, Whangārei and Helensville in Auckland. She is understood to have four close contacts, including her husband and people she came in contact within a retail setting. Businesses and premises she visited have been published on the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) website. They include Noel Leeming, Bendon and The Warehouse in Whangarei, cafes, bars, restaurants and other retail outlets. This is ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Bishop-Victor-Gnanapragasam-e1611412372909.jpg Source:Dailymirror Death came suddenly to Bishop Victor Gnanapragasam, the Apostolate Vicar of the city of Quetta, in the mountainous southwest Baluchistan region of Pakistan. Warned in travel advisories as an unsafe region, Baluchistan is often engulfed in bloody conflicts. In 2013, Bishop Victor, as he is affectionately known, narrowly escaped death when a bomb exploded near his residence. However, he suffered injuries. In Another gruesome attack, a suicide bomber killed eight and injured 44 worshippers in a Roman Catholic church in 2017. As recently as January 3, 2021, ten coal miners of the Hazar tribe of the Shiah Islamic faith were abducted and executed in the region, in what was claimed to be the work of ISIS. Despite such a perilous state of affairs and travel restrictions imposed by the army owing to an army cantonment nearby, Bishop Victor committed himself unreservedly to serve the church and the poor. ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Independence-of-Sri-Lanka.jpg Donate to eLanka Perera & Sons Breudher – Limited Stock – at Sunil’s Spice Centre, Thornleigh (Sydney) Search eLanka website eLanka Newsletter Signup eLanka Marriage Proposals Best & Less Travel Banner Advertising on eLanka Sri Lankan Events Calendar << Jan 2021 >> M T W T F S S 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 ...

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